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NBA focus on Denver ... Stars looks to draw even with Blues ... Semenya: always targeted

May 1, 2019

DENVER (AP) — The NBA playoff spotlight is on Denver tonight, where the Nuggets host the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 of their Western Conference series. Denver beat Portland, 121-113, in Game 1 despite being outshot and outrebounded. Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray combined for 60 points in the win, eclipsing the Blazers tandem of CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard, who had 55. Portland starting forwards Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless were held to four points.

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars look to battle back to even when they host the Blues in Game 4 of their second round playoff series this evening. It’s a situation the Stars are familiar with, having been down 2-1 against Nashville in the first round, only to rattle off three straight wins to advance. Stars center Tyler Seguin says his team “knows how to respond.”

SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners’ lefty Marco Gonzales tries to remain perfect on the season as he takes the mound in Seattle this afternoon in an interleague matchup against the Cubs. Gonzales has won five of his seven starts this season, lost none and boasts a 2.80 ERA. Jon Lester starts for the Cubs. He has an ERA of 2.37 over four starts and is credited with one win and one loss.

GENEVA (AP) — Caster Semenya says, “I know that the IAAF’s regulations have always targeted me specifically.” The two-time Olympic champion lost her appeal today against rules governing unusually high testosterone in female runners. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says the proposed rules from track’s governing body are discriminatory, but “such discrimination is a necessary, reasonable and proportionate means” of “preserving the integrity of female athletics.” The decision means Semenya and other women like her will have to take medication to suppress their levels of the male sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events.

UNDATED (AP) — ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” will return to a two-man booth when it kicks off its 50th season later this year. The network says Joe Tessitore will be back doing play-by-play while Booger McFarland moves up to the booth after being a field-level analyst. Jason Witten lasted only one season after deciding in February to end his retirement and rejoin the Dallas Cowboys. Lisa Salters will return for an eighth season as the sideline reporter.